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Pakistan May Deport Bin Laden’s Family Tonight, Lawyer Says

Pakistan may deport the family of slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to Saudi Arabia tonight after his three widows and two older daughters complete short jail sentences for illegally entering the country.

Police found the women in bin Laden’s fortress-like compound at Abbottabad on May 2, hours after U.S. commandos attacked in helicopters, killing bin Laden and then flying his body out of the country. An unconfirmed number of the women’s younger children also were detained

A Pakistani court this month said two Saudi women, Siham Sharif and Kharia Hussain Sabir, were among the widows, according to court documents cited by the Express-Tribune and other Pakistani newspapers. Bin Laden’s third wife in Pakistan was Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, a citizen of Yemen.

The court ordered the women deported after they served 45-day jail terms, which are to end at midnight today. Those sentences officially started on March 3 when the women were formally arrested, Mohammad Aamir, their lawyer, said by phone from Islamabad today.

Bin Laden’s family has been held in a suburban-style two-story villa in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters last month. He didn’t immediately answer calls to his office today seeking comment.

Pakistan in February demolished most of the hideout where bin Laden had lived since 2005. A four-member commission named by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is investigating why the army failed to detect bin Laden’s presence or prevent the U.S. attack.

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